Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter – Today Versus Tomorrow's VIrtualisation Requirements Part 1

Today's post and the next in this series continues on the Windows Server Datacenter focus, but this time round the emphasis is on the reasons why you may have deployed it traditionally, versus tomorrow's requirements. I will address the current on-premises Microsoft technologies you may have been using, as well as moving through the various…

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Ignite Sessions For OEM and System Builder Partners – Hyper-V

During the just completed OEM Windows Server 2012 R2 Roadshow I mentioned several ways of keeping up with different products and technologies, and that I would create a few posts that cover these in more detail. This is the first in that series, and it is focused on the sessions that were delivered at the…


Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning Assistant – Active Directory Migration

Following on from File Server and Web Server migration, today's focus is on Active Directory migration recommendations from the Migration Planning Assistant. Virtualizing Active Directory Domain Services Consider the following guidelines when virtualizing Active Directory Domain Services: Installation: You can install a Windows Server domain controller as a virtual machine, along with other application servers,…


Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning Assistant – File Server Migration

The next series of posts will be focused on the Windows Server 2003 Migration Planning Assistant recommendations for OEM server related workloads, starting with File Server Migration. Upgrade on new hardware Hardware requirements define the minimum hardware required to run the Windows Server 2012 R2 server, but your actual hardware requirements might be greater, depending…

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Microsoft OEM Windows Server 2012 R2 Roadshow – Week 2 Q&A

Now that week two is complete, and week three of the roadshow has commenced, it's time to start posting more of the common questions that are being received. Most of this week's questions have been Hyper-V related, but Essentials is still getting some attention. Would I use DirSync or Azure Active Directory synchronisation in an…


Windows Server 2003 End Of Support Part 4 – Migrate Your Workloads

Now that we've gone through some of the necessary steps to prepare for the migration, it's time to migrate the different workloads. With an understanding of what is still running on Widows Server 2003, what needs to migrate when, and where to migrate to, you can make a plan and begin to migrate. But arriving…


Windows Server 2003 End Of Support Part 3d – Target Your Destination – Migrating Applications

For the final part of Target Your Destination the focus will be on migrating applications that are running on Windows Server 2003 and need to be moved to a new platform. Custom and third-party applications can be migrated to Windows Server 2012 R2 running either on-premises (note the need for new hardware and the possibility…


Windows Server 2003 End Of Support Part 3a – Target Your Destination – Windows Server 2012 R2

In today's post I will cover the first target scenario, which is Windows Server 2012 R2, and in the next post I will cover Microsoft Azure, Cloud OS Network and Office 365 scenarios. You must choose a migration destination for each application and workload. There are four destinations for migration: •Windows Server 2012 R2 •Microsoft…

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